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Katie Neal Art

Y’all I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for this bonus post.

Something that I really want my blog to focus on is really experiencing the awesome places, people and things to see and do in Nashville and soon to be DC (#dosedoesDC).

This week I am talking about one of my favorite artists and a dear, dear friend – Katie Neal!

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This cute little duo hangs in my bedroom in Nashville. 

Her art is seriously AMAZING. A few weeks ago, over a couple of glasses of wine and Bachelor in Paradise, we discussed her art. Here is our interview!

Cara Sanders: What would you describe your artistic style as?

Katie Neal: I would definitely say abstract right now even though it could change in the future. I used to say non- representational, but I think in a way my paintings do have the potential to represent something even if I did not intend them to in the first place. I love hearing from other people what my paintings remind them of or what they think they see.  For me, painting is how I decompress and my time to not have to think about anything, which is why I paint abstractly. I’m not thinking about anything or trying to convey messages or meanings when I’m painting because it is my time to be mindless and creative.

CS: Where do you find your inspiration for your art?

KN: I research and look at a lot of other artists and their work. I like to read about their processes and their inspirations.  A lot of my inspiration comes from looking at other art and drawing inspiration from their work.

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CS: What do you think makes your art unique and true to you?

KN: I think my paintings are unique because instead of trying to convey a topic or trying to paint something full of meaning and concepts, I really like to paint to explore the physicality of paint. I like to experiment with the materials, and I focus on the formal and aesthetic aspects of painting rather than conceptual ones.

CS: What is the best part about being an artist?

KN: The best thing about being an artist is that I have a creative outlet, and painting provides me with a way to relax and decompress.  I also have such an appreciation for anything that involves any kind of art whether it is music, decorating, designs, patterns and other paintings.  I just appreciate other people’s creative processes and like to learn from them and talk about what their processes are. This always inspires me to try new things when I’m painting.

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CS: What are your plans for the future?

KN: Right now, I am working as a pre schoolteacher, but eventually I would love to teach art or work in museum education. I am in the process of receiving a masters of art in Art Education so I am excited about that. I would also love one day to just work solely as an artist.

CS: What is your creative process like?

KN: My creative process involves a lot of research. I read about other artists and look at their work sometimes more than I actually execute work.  I am really not into drawing or sketching so my prep work involves a lot of mixing colors and exploring different techniques.

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CS: What is the best advice you have ever received in terms of your art?

KN: I have definitely learned some cool technique stuff by accident or learning from a class or something, but I think the best advice I received is how important it is to paint every single day. Even though this doesn’t always apply to everyone and it’s not exactly groundbreaking advice,  it absolutely is something I have to employ because my technical and creative processes would suffer.  I make a lot that paintings that never see the light of day or I paint over and over them constantly.  I fail at trying new techniques much more than I succeed which is why it is so important for me to set aside that time everyday and make it a habit.

CS: How has your style changed over the years?

KN: I used to be really into printmaking in high school and I also loved to collage, but once I got to college and started painting that’s what I landed on. I think that I used to be focused on finding out what it was that I was interested in painting when in fact I was just interested in the physical qualities of paint itself. When I realized that, my work went into an abstract and more colorful direction.

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Neal’s art hanging in local dentist office – Roach Family Dentistry

CS: Where can we find your work?

KN: I have a website that is still a work in progress. My Instagram account is katieneal_art and for the rest of this month my work is in the Frothy Monkey at the downtown location. Also, on September 27th I will be in the Raw Artist Show at City Winery that will be really fun!  You can buy tickets here:

Be sure to check out Katie’s Instagram @katieneal_art and her website here

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